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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

easyTree Re:Popcorn time! (376 comments)

You might not have noticed but every sentence must end on an upwards-inflected syllable so-as to not offend / threaten the listener. Perpetual fear would be an improvement.

about a week ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

easyTree Re:Popcorn time! (376 comments)

Good luck with that line of reasoning - most people are apparently unable to handle this responsibility.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

easyTree Rat 7 (429 comments)

I have one of these - ostensibly a gaming mouse, I use it as my only mouse. You can't go wrong. Give it a go.

about a week ago
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Researchers Create a Teleportation Method via Destructive 3D Printing

easyTree Seriously? (2 comments)

Don't adapt to changing circumstances; instead provide a counter to every advancement such that we are able to halt progress. Yay \o/

Artificial scarcity for the win!

about a week ago
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'I'm Not a Scientist' Says President Obama

easyTree Using that logic (1 comments)

“Using that logic would disqualify politicians from voting on anything.”

It's not entirely without merit, then?

about two weeks ago
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Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet

easyTree Re:Full WSJ article NoRegReq (105 comments)

"Google has been considering satellite-based Internet service for more than a year. In late 2013, it hired satellite-industry veteran Greg Wyler, who at one point last year had more than 10 African-Americans working for him. The five remaining are apparently grateful to have jobs and to not have been shot by the police on the way to work. Mr. Wyler left Google last summer and is now developing his own satellite-Internet venture."

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

easyTree Re:only the government (562 comments)

Government == government + <anyone providing a campaign bribe> - oui?

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

easyTree Re:Precedence? (562 comments)

Incorrect, I'm fairly sure lots of Americans can remember all the contestants from the first season of American Idol.

Don't diss yourselves bro.

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

easyTree Re:Nosey fuckers (562 comments)

Makes no difference - I don't understand the process by which these things happen but I'm assuming that the feedback loop involving the public has a zero weighting.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

easyTree Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (894 comments)

As a small child I was taught that "Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can never hurt you."

Are the religious unable to comprehend this simple truth?

about two weeks ago
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Human Language May Have Evolved To Help Our Ancestors Make Tools

easyTree Re:That's it !! (154 comments)

They've not managed to offload part of their brains' tasks to another species, unlike us?

about two weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

easyTree Re:Subject Cop To Same Spying They Use On Us (219 comments)

If LAPD or US cops have nothing to hide then why not have their privacy invaded by perpetual recording cameras (while they are on duty)? I mean... unless they have something to hide or doing things they shouldn't like violating the law?

Because of the Pareto Principle, and risk of data pollution. More is not always better. If it works on the altercations, you can always expand the recording later, but recording all boring day all the time will not make us safer IMHO

Whoosh!

about three weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

easyTree Re:Am I understand this correctly? (219 comments)

Why waste tax payers money on idiotic tech that will protect the racist cop?

For answer, refer to question.

about three weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

easyTree Re:Like it (219 comments)

"No your honour, I didn't deliberately put my finger over the gun-mounted camera for each of the 378 times I fired my service weapon this week. It's just a habit to hold it that way and collaterally a tragic blow to the monitoring of excessive police violence."

about three weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

easyTree Re:How Is This News For Nerds (219 comments)

STFU. Today's whine-meme is *beta*.

about three weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

easyTree Re:Big deal.... proves nothing. (219 comments)

i.e. mission accomplished as money has changed hands and the original requirement still stands. Sounds like a win to me.

about three weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

easyTree Re: What happened before the tazing? (219 comments)

So, updating the original post to take into account your (and GGP's) comments:

This sounds positive, but it won't capture what happened before the tazing. I'll be impressed when the[y] apply it to handguns and rifles so you can see, for instance, if a cop who claims he is "defending himself" actually was taking carefully-aimed shots from 150 ft with a handgun or rifle at someone running the other way.

about three weeks ago

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Why is SlashDot serving 480x400 'ads' claiming 'drivers are out of date' ?

easyTree easyTree writes  |  about 10 months ago

easyTree (1042254) writes "It's not enough that these are blatantly a malware delivery vector but they are HUGE and placed above the site's navigation bar, thus pushing the site itself so far down the page as to be almost off the screen when the site load.

Seriously? This makes the whole beta thing pale into insignificance.

Also, the poor grammar is making my eyes hurt. The least you could do is to take some basic style-tips on use of capitalization within your trojan-delivery ads — it would make them OH so much more appealing.

Thanks."

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Cardiff City Council sets new low

easyTree easyTree writes  |  more than 4 years ago

easyTree (1042254) writes "

At little more than the length of a single bicycle, the £2,000 road marking has left cyclists in Cardiff bemused. The feature, thought to be the shortest cycle lane in Britain, has been installed to encourage green transport. Cardiff Council claims that it will help riders safely navigate a turn on a new road layout. But riders in the city say the brevity of the red and white marked stretch of road renders it pointless. Kevin Hughes, 47, a cyclist from the Welsh city, said: "It's just hilarious. I saw it as I was cycling past and couldn't believe my eyes. Obviously nobody could cycle in it because it is so small. You just have time to get in the saddle before getting off again."

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a day out with the police

easyTree easyTree writes  |  more than 6 years ago

easyTree (1042254) writes "Today (Well, Monday) I wrote my first blog entry ( http://easytreeblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/day-out-with-police.html ). Or rather it started as almost a personal diary-entry describing my unexpected day out with the police, to be used as a reference point for later.

My question to slashdot is.. What should I do?

On the one hand.. It could have been worse
On the other, why let it happen to someone else?

Could I make a difference by speaking-out? Should I feel obligated to? Am I a whiney little bitch and should learn to love it?
Note: starts slowly..."

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Ordinary people are second-class citizens

easyTree easyTree writes  |  more than 7 years ago

easyTree writes "Most of us might be under the illusion that justice is something which should be accessible to all, equally. Apparently not so:

Det Chief Insp Paul Maghie from Hertfordshire police's Crime Management Department says "The police will never give up efforts to find anybody on the run, but this case was particularly important because it was one of our own officers and we felt justice had not been done."


Just when was it that police officers became more important than the ordinary members of the public that they've sworn to protect? More generally, should we be concerned about our changing relationship with the many organizations originally set-up to grease the wheels of society?"

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